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A Review of Camptocormia and an Unusual Case in the Female

ROSEN, JAMES C., PhD*; FRYMOYER, JOHN W., MD

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Camptocormia is a rare low-back disorder involving an abnormal posture of extreme forward flexion. Most reports of camptocormia were of male military recruits during World Wars I and II. The differential diagnosis of the postural deformity, the psychologic formulation of camptocormia as a conversion disorder, and the treatments that have been used are reviewed. An unusual case of camptocormia in a female is presented to illustrate one psychologic basis and one form of effective treatment of this disorder.

*From the Department of Psychology, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

†From the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont

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